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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Sep 8, 2011 11:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - From the Dawn of the Welnick Era

Keith was far more than a good background role player and was integral to the bands ability to have a jazz era.It seems that because his style was more about group interaction and his primary instrument was an acoustic piano and not an amplified in your face organ or keyboard,the contribution he made to the music is belittled.He was a key contributor to a large portion of the bands catalog of songs and impacted the band from the keyboard seat far more than any of the other players.Brent had more of an effect on the sound because the overall ability of the band to play their instruments,create interesting music and desire to do so was in a steep decline,lets not confuse loud and aggressive with quality.By the time Brent arrived the band had been gimmicking it up with gizmos and in a state of creative bankruptcy,so why not let this joker step up with his cheesy synths and keyboards,and have him scream some "backup" vocals.The whole band was is in a narcotic/alcohol induced stupor and no longer remotely comparable to what they were during Keith's tenure.

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Poster: Skobud Date: Sep 9, 2011 4:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - From the Dawn of the Welnick Era

I think i agree with what you are saying - Kieth was able to drive many of the jams and take the lead as well. He was not just an accent piece. I ve said it before, I think the band owes a huge debt of gratitude to the Godchaux's...Kieth opened up huge new avenues for the band(that I believe were already there) but not yet explored fully. The jams really started developing more depth and seemed to be more develped.

When it comes to Brent, no one doubts he had the chops to keep up and lead. What i think he lacked was creativity and innovation. He pounded out the funky synth every night, but he was no where close to Kieth musically. His style was out in front and kinda in your face, and that did not really serve the band, creatively, nearly as well in my opinion.

Insofar as his tunes, while they kinda speak for themselves. I think he shoulda stuck strictly to the harmonies. He could get the crowd very fired up, but that certainly wasnt the case when he did his own songs.

Those of you that know me know I am a Brent basher at heart - but I still do respect him. I just dont respect him nearly as much as Kieth. I do believe that a case could be made for him being at par with Vince however, They both were doing more "filling in" than being creative in my opinion...